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Off The Map: Week 15, dark horse

I thought my summer travels were over. I’d seen enough, climbed enough, and risked my life enough times for one season. But 24 hours after touching down in Santa Barbara, I ... read more...


Week 14: My crowning achievement

It certainly looked like a palisade. Above the rolling, wild Sierra high country stood the final line of defense barring passage into western California – a wall of impenetra... read more...


Off The Map: Week 13, to the last ember

Around mid-afternoon I looked up from my laptop and noticed that the quality of the sunlight had changed. Across the street, all the buildings seemed to have shifted their co... read more...


Off the map: Week twelve, burned again

At sunrise on Thursday morning, 30,000 citizens of Black Rock City gathered in a giant circle around a Burning Man art piece called “The Embrace” and waited for something to h... read more...


Week eleven: Trial by fire

OFF THE MAP Somewhere along Interstate 5, the Pyrobar caught fire. Our Burning Man art car was designed to shoot flames, not be in flames, and the irony of its predicament... read more...


Off The Map: Week 10, buried legends

As I readied my pack for the hike to Utah’s Mount Timpanogos, I cringed to hear the distant sound of kids and counselors from Aspen Grove Camp launch into what seemed like the... read more...


Week nine: Two steps from victory

The boulder I was climbing broke free of the mountain, and suddenly I was dancing atop it like a world-class barrel roller, trying to keep from falling beneath its mass and ge... read more...


Week Eight: A fairy tale

“Did you make it?” I asked. “No,” the teenager responded. “We were, like, a hundred feet from the top before things got too crazy.” “Well, good call. Better to be safe, of... read more...


Week seven: Pyramid schemes

The rising sun found a window in the cloudbank and used the moment to cast its rays through a curtain of raindrops, painting a small rainbow on the face of the Maroon Bells – ... read more...


Off the map: Week six, stolen glances

A solitary coyote yelped and howled in the distance, enhancing the stormy atmosphere of my hilltop campsite above the Arkansas River Valley. Across the flat river plain, the ... read more...


Off The Map: Week five, critter country

At the top of Rock of Ages Pass, a furry marmot scurried forth from a jumble of rocks, his nose twitching hungrily. I sat down between him and my pack, in case the rodent trie... read more...


Off the Map: Week four, washed up

Just when I thought the monsoon thunderstorm was finally ending, a surge of foamy water rushed down the road in front of me, skating across the surface of the already-flooded ... read more...


Off The Map: Week three – Mercury Rising

What was that thing? Getting out of the Jeep and poking the squirming mass with a stick didn’t help to clarify the issue. I flipped the creature over, identifying it as a ki... read more...


Week one: Fearless

“I’m coming in,” I warned Kitty, who was taking shelter in the tent from the droves of mosquitoes swarming outside. “Okay.” “Can my friends come in, too?” I teased. “No!” ... read more...


Off The Map: Hitting the Wall

Editor’s Note: After a year's hiatus, the chronicle of Bryan Snyder's misadventures in the Western high country, "Off The Map", returns to the pages of The Evening Sun. Beside... read more...



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